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Pamplona's San Fermin fireworks

The introduction of a much more family friendly fiesta in 2016 is reaping major rewards for the City Council of Pamplona with data collected from the 2018 event showed yet another year of increases in the number of people involved in the arts and activities program with more than 1.5million attending the event. As the city itself has a population of under 200,000 inhabitants this is good news for the local economy and the 2019 event is expected to once again experience growth. The largest attendances were again recorded at the massive nightly fireworks displays with an estimated 434,000 people witnessing the pyrotechnics and also at the Giants and Big Heads of Pamplona staging’s (the Comparsa de Gigantes y Cabezudos) where more than 190,000 witnessed these massive cardboard and paper mache statues, dance, walk, twirl and party in the streets of Pamplona. There are so many vibrant, exciting and participatory events at San Fermin nowadays proving it is way beyond participants remembering the event just for the Running of the Bulls.

The municipal
campaign to raise awareness among all citizens and visitors to San Fermines in
Pamplona has been based on a more modern event with increased artistic and
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An incident in Glendale, Calif., serves as another reminder to real estate professionals to take precautions when showing homes or having open houses.

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While consumers are showing a greater interest in AI real estate technologies, they still don’t have full confidence or reliance on them to completely guide a real estate transaction.

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A bill that would make it illegal for landlords in Baltimore to discriminate against prospective tenants based on the funds they use to pay rent, such as government housing vouchers, won preliminary approval Monday from the City Council, but with one key amendment.

Under the change, the law would…

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An administrative body of the Vatican has disciplined a former bishop of the Archdiocese of Baltimore over allegations of sexual misconduct with a young adult more than a decade ago.

Archbishop William Lori announced Monday that Bishop Gordon Bennett, who served as an auxiliary bishop in Baltimore…

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Families who live on military bases report more instances of lead poisoning, mold, and poor construction after an exposé revealed the problems.

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Construction of this type of housing is poised for further expansion as more renters enter the sale market.

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An Ethiopian Airlines jet faltered and crashed Sunday shortly after takeoff from the country’s capital, carving a gash in the earth and spreading global grief to 35 countries that had someone among the 157 people who were killed.

There was no immediate indication why the plane went down in clear…

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“Broad City” fans distraught over the show’s impending end can console themselves at a screening of the show March 20 at Baltimore’s Parkway Theatre.

Audiences will get to see the show’s co-creator, Abbi Jacobson, and watch a screening of the newest “Broad City” episode a day before appears on…

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The phone keeps ringing on the desk of the Texas sheriff, but what is there to say?

Here in Cameron County, “the front door to Mexico” as Sheriff Omar Lucio calls it, they don’t often find themselves jailing alleged murderers – two from far-away Baltimore, no less – and the sort who attract attention…

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A Baltimore man was stabbed Saturday morning after catching two people attempting to break into his home in the Parkview-Woodbrook neighborhood, according to police.

The 53-year-old man told police he heard someone trying to get through his front door in the 2900 block of Auchentoroly Terrace….

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Senior night at Xfinity Center began for Maryland with little-used forward Ivan Bender kneeling at midcourt and proposing to his longtime girlfriend Friday.

It ended with coach Mark Turgeon wearing a towel around his neck to his postgame news conference in honor of his team’s other senior, former…

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In talking about his team’s next opponent in advance of Friday’s game at Xfinity Center, Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said Thursday that the Minnesota Golden Gophers have “been playing with their backs against the wall” in their hunt for an NCAA tournament bid.

While the Terps locked up a bid weeks…

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Your reaction to how a home looks inside can influence your stress level and affect your health.

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After weeks of declines, mortgage rates reversed course. But good news: They’re still lower than a year ago.

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The president of the Columbia Association on Wednesday acknowledged that a failed bankruptcy case played a role in the corporation’s decision to probe changing its legal status.

The CA last month announced it would ask its board of directors to approve approaching state lawmakers to legislation…

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Following an intense and emotional debate that brought some lawmakers to tears, the Maryland House of Delegates approved a bill Thursday that would allow terminally ill adults to obtain prescription drugs they could take to end their lives.

It was the fourth attempt to pass the bill; it has failed…

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Years before a Dundalk man allegedly fatally shot his wife, she had filed a protective order against him — saying he was “unstable,” “threatening” and had installed cameras inside their house to watch his family, according to court documents.

Kevin Dipietrantonio, 51, was arrested Tuesday and charged…

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Perhaps, in the greater scheme of things, it doesn’t mean a thing that the Orioles have played winning baseball so far this spring, but it means a lot to the people who are trying to rebuild a winning culture throughout the organization.

Manager Brandon Hyde will admit that he didn’t know exactly…

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Anzac Day is important to Australians and New Zealanders

ANZAC Day is a big deal to Australians and New
Zealanders.

With a different meaning to so many, it’s usually
regarded as an unnecessary and sad loss of life in a British Empire backed
bloodbath, or it’s the most memorable of losing military conflicts that defined
both countries and shaped their futures.

Remembrance celebrations for the ill-fated campaign at Gallipoli began exactly a year after the event on April 25th 1916 and there have been services every single year since in Australia, New Zealand and anywhere on the planet where Aussies and Kiwis live, serve their country, work or travel.

Invocations of what has become the ANZAC Legend generally
only include soldiers experiences, but for the more than 4,000 Australian and
New Zealand nurses who volunteered for active service during World War 1, their
story is rarely heard. This was the first time in the two countries histories
that women worked alongside men as equals – and their work was equally
extraordinary and heroic.

Women of this era had only just recently been given the
right to vote but were still, more often than not, confined to housekeeping so
even signing up for active service was an extremely courageous and bold move
for these amazing and inspiring women.

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La Tomatina tomato throwing tours

La Tomatina always takes place on the last
Wednesday of August in the sleepy village of Bunol some 40kms west of Spain’s
third largest city, Valencia.

This is an EPIC food fight of proportions
you just won’t believe, with seven trucks dumping over 200,000 pounds worth of
ripe tomatoes into the streets for a food war that has to be experienced to be
believed.

Here we cover our top tips for surviving intact, getting the most out of your tomato battle day, and enjoying the festival to its fullest potential.

  • Photography – If you do plan on bringing a camera you need to adhere to a few of the councils guidelines. No tripods, no selfie-sticks and no massive cameras will be permitted in without first gaining permission from the Bunol Council. With phones and smaller cameras for picture and video purposes make sure they are either waterproof, or are in a waterproof container. Even something as ordinary as a plastic sandwich bag can ensure your device is not totally wrecked at the end of the tomato battle.
  • Accommodation – If you are planning on staying in Bunol itself options are very limited so it is best to book well in advance. Most revellers stay in nearby Valencia where there …read more


Consumers place homeownership higher than retirement and having a successful career, a new survey shows.

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A green card in exchange for investing in U.S. real estate is proving to be a strong lure to Vietnamese investors.

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In the latest development in the Gun Trace Task Force scandal, a retired Baltimore Police sergeant has been indicted on federal civil rights and witness tampering charges related to a 2014 incident in which a BB gun was allegedly planted on a man.

In light of the indictment, the Baltimore Police…

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The St. Mary’s County Health Department is investigating a potential case of measles, which could sicken people who were exposed to the virus if they not immune to it.

A patient was isolated within hours after an evaluation at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital Emergency Department in Leonardtown on Sunday,…

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Royal Ascot Ladies Day - what to wear?

Royal Ascot racegoers are certainly accustomed to dressing to impress for this most social of events and in what is a stunning turnabout in policy, as part of what’s being called a ‘diversity drive’, Ascot has relaxed some of the dress codes to be more ‘inclusive’ for some race fans. Co-ordinators of the event have announced that guests will be able to pick a sex clothing regulation they ‘feel most comfortable with’ meaning for the first time ladies will be permitted to dress like men and of course, the other way around – providing the garb they choose still adheres to the Royal Ascot guidelines.

Since the Regency times of the early 19th century
in England, Ascot has insisted on a strict dress code for the Royal Ascot
event. It was the iconic Beau Brummell, a one-time close friend of the Prince
Regent (Later King George the 4th) who is remembered as the
preeminent example of a fashionable ‘dandy’ man and as the driving force behind
the dress code for men in the Royal Enclosure. Beau even advised gentlemen that
they should always clean their boots with champagne ‘for a better shine’. Many
of Beau’s influences and dress guidelines for the event unbelievably still
remain to this day.

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Find out which metros offer the most options for low-income households to get a foot in the door on homeownership.

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Organizational guru Marie Kondo, whose tidying-up methods are sweeping the nation, may be prompting one commercial sector to lose its joy.

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Maryland and several other Democratic-led states announced that they are challenging the Trump administration’s effort to set up obstacles for women seeking abortions, including barring taxpayer-funded family planning clinics from referring patients to abortion providers.

California Attorney General…

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Rescue crews using dogs and drones searched for victims amid splintered lumber and twisted metal Monday after the deadliest U.S. tornado in nearly six years ripped through a rural Alabama community. At least 23 people were killed, some of them children.

Dozens were missing in Lee County nearly…

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Home sales are falling as affordability concerns grow, but first-time buyers—more than any other segment—still find motivation to purchase. Here’s why.

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In 2017, small-town America gained residents for the first time in decades. Realtor.com® rounded up the most desirable micropolitans.

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The man who was arrested on marijuana charges with former Ravens running back Alex Collins last week had previously been in a similar situation with Collins’ teammate, Tim Williams, when police found a pistol and marijuana in the future Ravens linebacker’s car at the University of Alabama in 2016.

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The story of a woman who was fatally stabbed in December after reportedly giving money to a panhandler — a case that drew national attention and spread fear through Baltimore — was actually a ruse by her husband and stepdaughter, who have been charged in her death, police announced Sunday night.

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The National Weather Service has issued a prediction for rain and snow in the Baltimore area Sunday after 1 p.m.

The rain and snow mix should arrive between 1 and 4 p.m., with all rain in the late afternoon. The mix of rain and snow returns after 7 p.m., with snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches…

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Joe L. Mitchell, a retired Westinghouse Electric Corp. engineer and marketing program manager who enjoyed roaming the world and listening to classical music, died Feb. 6 from complications of dementia at Roland Park Place. The former longtime Poplar Hill resident was 93.

Joe Lee Mitchell, who was…

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A 2-year-old boy’s death in West Baltimore about a month ago was ruled a homicide, according to the Baltimore Police Department.

At about 9:43 p.m. Jan. 26, officers responded to the 900 block of W. Fayette St. in Poppleton for a report of an unresponsive child. The toddler, Trevor Graham, was…

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The Maryland House of Delegates on Friday afternoon approved a bill that would gradually increase the state’s minimum wage from $10.10 per hour to $15 per hour by 2025.

The 96-44 vote fell largely along party lines, with Democrats supporting the measure and mostly Republicans opposing it.

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“The future of homeownership in this country indeed looks bright,” says CoreLogic’s deputy chief economist, as more young households become homeowners.

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The decline in mortgage rates, combined with rebounding pending home sales, hints at a strong spring homebuying season, Freddie Mac’s economist says.

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The decline in mortgage rates, combined with rebounding pending home sales, hints at a strong spring homebuying season, Freddie Mac’s economist says.

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The House of Delegates publicly censured Harford County Del. Mary Ann Lisanti on Thursday night for her use of a racial slur, which members said “brought dishonor to the entire General Assembly of Maryland.”

After the vote, the Democrat said she would not resign, despite calls for her to do so…

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At 6 feet 5 and 314 pounds, Joshua Miles doesn’t have to try hard to be the biggest guy in most rooms. Growing up in Randallstown, the Morgan State offensive lineman also didn’t have to look far to find someone even bigger.

“Jonathan Ogden, man,” Miles said Thursday at the NFL scouting combine….

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Derby Day Epsom Horse Racing

Historically horseracing, in one form or another, has been around
for thousands of years. Records exist from Ancient Egypt, Greece, Babylon,
Syria, the Roman Empire and the list goes on. However, it wasn’t until the
evolution of actual thoroughbred racing in the 17th century, and
it’s highlighted profile through its popularity with British Royalty and
British Aristocracy, that it earned the title “The Sport of Kings”.

…And there has been no monarch in history that has ever embraced “The Sport of Kings” quite like The Queen, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second.

A day at the races in the UK is a fantastic opportunity to
experience English history, pageantry, pomp and tradition and since first
attending the Epsom Derby as a Princess back in 1946, The Queen has missed the
race just twice. By the age of 6 years old Elizabeth was a keen horse rider and
that competency grew through her teens and as an adult strengthening her love
of the animals and for horseracing. It was her father King George the Sixth,
also a horse enthusiast, that first took the young Princess Elizabeth to the
Epsom Derby, and so began an eight decade long love affair with the event.

Elizabeth the Second was crowned as Queen of England in 1953 after
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Newbies to the market can be prone to slipping up, so be proactive and pass along these warnings.

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The creative genius behind music videos for artists such as Rihanna and Jay-Z talks about his vision for the latest REALTOR® ad spots.

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After a day of raw, nasty, partisan mud wrestling that made you want to weep at the sorry state of American politics, Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings stepped up at the end of the Michael Cohen TV hearing and redeemed the whole sad spectacle with his passionate and poetic plea for a better…

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Rachael Pacella doesn’t know if proposed legislation requiring that rifles and shotguns be regulated like handguns would prevent another mass shooting, like the one she survived in June.

But Pacella, who lived through a massacre in June at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, told a state…

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The economic landscape is changing the way that many
companies approach marketing strategies.
From the explosion of e-commerce to the heavy reliance on mobile
devices, finding the right digital marketing agency has never
been more important to help implement your digital strategy.

Social networking has helped many organisations better understand their consumer base, and with the information that is readily available these days, catering your digital marketing approach to the trends noticed in consumer behaviours can have incredible benefits on your campaign. By taking the following points into account, you can increase engagement (and ultimately sales) while lowering traditional advertising budgets at the same time.

Content Marketing,
plan to succeed.

Content is key, and always will be in our eyes. From long
form, informative content for people to enjoy, understand and learn from to infographics,
video content, blogging the list goes on. You need to understand your market,
and what your customers or user base want or require. You want to focus your
time on writing what people want to read. Carry out your keyword research and use
Google trends for example to see what is happening in your industry or even
better your niche or vertical.

Content creation

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Pending home sales rebounded in January as all four major regions of the U.S. saw an uptick in contract signings. Here’s why.

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However, tax filers who reach the SALT limit won’t necessarily see a rise in their total tax bill.

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Missouri’s Republican-led House on Tuesday advanced a bill that would ban almost all abortions in the state if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade.

And if the high court doesn’t switch course, the Missouri bill would ban most abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected. That can…

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Democrats ignored a veto threat and rammed legislation through the House Tuesday that would stymie President Donald Trump’s bid for billions of extra dollars for his border wall, escalating a clash over whether he was abusing his powers to advance his paramount campaign pledge.

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dental handpiece repair

It is so important to take measures to look after and properly maintain your dental equipment. Failure to do so could lead to you reducing your overall level of care to your patients, which should be avoided at all costs.

If you regularly look after your equipment, you will quickly notice that the longevity of your equipment will also increase. This will result in reduced expenditure on new equipment which breaks before it should. You should be looking at ways to reduce your dental supplies spend all the time to help maintain profitability in the dental practice.

Here are some tips to follow to properly look after your dental equipment.

Look for the CE Mark

When first using your equipment, we would highly recommend that you check that the equipment has the “CE” mark on it. This ensures that the equipment you have bought has met the regulations for safe usage. This will allow you to use the equipment safely on your patients without it interfering the quality of care that you offer. When the CE mark came into operation in the turn of the century, there was a big reduction in the numbers

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If you want to make people download your
app, it must offer benefits that people enjoy using it. In this highly
competitive market, making your mobile app,
a huge success is no easy feat. It requires exceptional design and development
efforts to create awesome features that meet the needs of your target audience.
User experience is one of the most factors that can make or break your app. Therefore,
when it comes to mobile app development, user experience is the most important
factors that needs your careful
attention. If your app UX is out-of-the-box and flawless, chances are your
target users will surely love it and download your app.

If you want to get users hooked on your app
for long and want to get more conversions, you need to improve your UX. Here are
some important strategies that will help you improve your mobile UX and drive
more conversions on your app.

Let’s get started.

Redesign
Your App

It is always a sensible idea to follow the cutting-edge mobile app development trends to keep your mobile app up-to-date. Your users will love using your app if you make some tweaks to your mobile app from time to time. It will eventually improve your conversion rate. Adding new and advanced features to your app …read more



More aging-in-place features and shared living could be coming to the housing industry.

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Foreclosures are not nearly as prevalent as they were during the housing crisis in 2008. But they’re becoming more frequent in these counties.

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Nate Karns was only really referring to himself when downplaying what a Monday matinee against the Minnesota Twins, the first road game of the Grapefruit League season for the Orioles, meant in the context of his path to pitching in a game that matters.

The same could be said, however, for the…

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The Ravens have released wide receiver Michael Crabtree after just one season, according to multiple media reports.

Crabtree was the centerpiece of the Ravens’ overhauled receiving corps last offseason but struggled with drops early and production late. He finished with 54 catches for 607 yards…

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A man was fatally shot in the Rognel Heights neighborhood and a teen was found with gunshot wounds in the Cedonia neighborhood Sunday night, according to Baltimore police.

Officers responded to the 800 block of Woodington Road around 6:36 p.m., where they found a 20-year-old man with gunshot wounds…

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A “tuxedo gown” designed by Annapolis native Christian Siriano and worn by actor Billy Porter made waves at the 91st Academy Awards Sunday evening.

The gown blended traditionally masculine and feminine formal wear, with a tailored, black tuxedo jacket that appeared to transition into a dramatic…

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R&B superstar R. Kelly, who surrendered to Chicago police Friday night after new charges alleging he sexually abused four females, was ordered held on $1 million bond Saturday afternoon during his first appearance in Cook County court.

Prosecutors said one victim, Kelly’s 24-year-old hairdresser,…

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The Baltimore Police Department’s Marine Unit and Dive Team recovered the body of a woman who was seen going into the Inner Harbor near the Maryland Science Center Saturday morning.

Divers from the Baltimore City Fire Department first responded to the scene and started searching the waters after…

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Iowa play-by-play announcer Gary Dolphin was suspended Friday for the rest of the men’s basketball season for referring to Maryland’s Bruno Fernando as “King Kong” during a game.

Hawkeye Sports Properties, the multimedia rights manager for Iowa’s athletic program, announced the move hours before…

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In a bombshell development, R&B superstar R. Kelly was indicted Friday on charges he sexually abused four victims, three of them underage, over a span of a dozen years.

Kelly was charged with abusing the one alleged adult victim in February 2003 — at the same time he was already fighting child…

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blotting a stain is much better than rubbing a stain

Keeping your carpets clean can be a rather arduous process –
especially if you have kids running around. They sometimes create more mess
than the family dog! So, we at thought we’d offer our top tips on how to keep
your carpets clean.

Stain on the Carpet? Dab not Rub…

It can be very tempting to try and rub stains to try and get
them out when you are carpet
cleaning
, but this should be avoided at all costs. We would recommend that
you dab stains with a suitable cleaning solution. Also, you need to make sure
that the cloth you use is clean. Blotting is able to put just a little amount
of pressure on the stain to soak it up. If you do the opposite and rub, it moves
the stain particles around into the fibres of the carpet, making the stain
worse. For the best effect, make sure that you dab from the outer perimeter of
the stain before moving inwards. If you do it the opposite way, you can spread
the stain that little bit further.

Is Shaving Cream Good For Cleaning a Stain? Or is This an Urban Myth?

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HUD Secretary Ben Carson calls for more affordable housing and reassures homeowners that they shouldn’t fear it.

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For the third consecutive week, mortgage rates continued to inch lower.

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Two women said Thursday that singer R. Kelly picked them out of a crowd at a Baltimore after-party in the mid-1990s when they were underage and had sex with one of the teens although she was under the influence of marijuana and alcohol and could not consent.

The Baltimore Sun does not typically…

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At the centerpiece of Deyane Moses’ exhibition is a shocking image: a racist caricature of a black employee of the Maryland Institute College of Art from the early 1900s. More shocking: It ran in the school’s yearbook.

As schools across the United States are grappling with their own racist legacies,…

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But NAR’s chief economist is optimistic that a reversal is in sight. Read more from NAR’s latest housing report.

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Young adults are now taking on more mortgages than any other generation and are upping their purchase power in some surprising locations.

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Two people were injured in a fire in a six-story apartment building for seniors in Northwest Baltimore on Wednesday, officials said.

The fire was reported around 9 a.m. in the 3600 block of Clarks Lane in the Glen neighborhood, fire department spokeswoman Blair Adams confirmed Wednesday.

When crews…

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Maryland is under a winter storm warning Wednesday, bringing heavy snow and possible ice to the region. Follow along with our updates throughout the day.

What’s next in the forecast

The National Weather Service predicted up to an inch of sleet and snow could fall during the afternoon and evening…

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A winter storm warning is in effect across Central Maryland on Wednesday, bringing chances for 5 inches or more of wet, heavy snow and a tenth of an inch of ice.

The National Weather Service is calling for “heavy mixed precipitation” to arrive across the Baltimore region Wednesday morning. It is…

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A federal judge has ordered a Baltimore-area hotel owner and manager to pay $157,150 in back wages and damages to 34 of his current and former employees.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division investigators say Akhilbhai Patel, manager of Blissful Enterprises LLC and owner of ENA…

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wine fight girl

The Wine Fight is held on the morning of the 29th of June each year in the historical heart of Rioja just outside the town of Haro (pronounced Aro), and is an exuberant, liberating and totally awesome experience.

Unlike the Running of the
Bulls and San Fermin in Pamplona or the La Tomatina Tomato Festival in Bunol
near Valencia, the Wine Fight is a much more authentic Spanish fiesta with many
locals and fewer tourists.

From 7.00am in the morning
on a craggy hillside at the foot of the Cliffs of Bilibio boozy revellers begin
to gather. Most have had no sleep having partied all night in the town’s main
square to the many bands and DJ’s that have performed the night away. The
streets of Haro are filled the night before with locals of all ages and you’ll
often see kids and the elderly still there at dawn and heading to the Wine
Fight arm in arm.

With historical roots forged
a millennium ago, this wine throwing fiesta, known locally as the La Batalla
Del Vino (battle of the wine), is quite simply put…Crazy! According to
tradition, Haro had to reclaim its control of the area every year by raising
the town’s flag above the tiny chapel at the top of the cliff. Eventually
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Spacious areas can sometimes feel cold and unwelcoming. Here’s how to add some warmth and comfort.

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Many homeowners are unwilling to refinance, thinking that some offers from banks may be “too good to be true.” But that could be a costly mistake.

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A 32-year-old man was arrested and charged in the killing of his 29-year-old ex-girlfriend last week in Northeast Baltimore, police said Monday.

Arnold Johnson was arrested and charged Friday with killing Maryann Wellington earlier that morning.

Wellington was fatally shot early Friday morning…

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Former NBA player Glen “Big Baby” Davis has agreed to pay $15,000, the maximum fine, to avoid jail time and have his case dismissed after being arrested with a quarter-pound of marijuana at a hotel in Harford County last year.

The former Boston Celtics forward faced up to five years in jail on…

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A burned body was found near a flaming portable toilet in the parking lot of M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore on Sunday afternoon, police said.

The body was discovered about 3 p.m., said Detective Chakia Fennoy, a Baltimore police spokeswoman. The dead person has not been identified. The body lay…

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One person was shot Saturday night at Arundel Mills mall in what police called “a targeted incident.”

Anne Arundel County Police reported the shooting at the Hanover mall shortly before 8:30 p.m. Soon afterward, a victim checked into a hospital.

Detectives met the victim at the hospital. The person…

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A student at Northern Illinois University was on his first day as a human resources intern at the Henry Pratt Co. plant in Aurora on Friday when he was killed, one of five victims who police say were gunned down by plant worker Gary Martin.

The victims were identified as Clayton Parks, 32, of Elgin;…

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Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid have settled collusion lawsuits against the NFL.

In a three-sentence statement released Friday, the NFL said:

“For the past several months, counsel for Mr. Kaepernick and Mr. Reid have engaged in an ongoing dialogue with representatives of the NFL. As a result of…

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Del. Brooke Lierman said Friday she is withdrawing her bill that would have allowed Baltimore to have several options for new ways to conduct elections, including moving to open primaries or a “ranked choice” voting system.

After talking with her colleagues in the Baltimore House Delegation, Lierman,…

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Luxuries like pools and lavish living spaces may not be as enticing as a garage.

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If automated text messaging is part of your marketing strategy, you could be setting yourself up as a tempting target for plaintiff’s lawyers.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says President Donald Trump has indicated he’s prepared to sign the government funding bill and issue a national emergency on the border.

McConnell said Thursday the Senate will soon vote on the bill that’s needed to avoid a partial federal shutdown Friday.

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A Salisbury University student has been charged with illegal wiretapping after prosecutors say he streamed a meeting with a congressional staffer for Maryland Rep. Andy Harris to Facebook Live without permission.

Jake Burdett, 20, was charged last week with two felony counts of making an illegal…

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You don’t have to send your customers extravagant gifts to let them know you care. Here are some creative tips on how to express your gratitude that will leave a lasting impression.

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Moving for romance may not be so far-fetched: A third of single Americans surveyed say a big determinant for their next move will be the number of dateable people who live there.

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Worried about over-policing in Baltimore and across the country, Johns Hopkins University students, faculty members and others on Wednesday protested the school’s efforts to establish its own police force.

Students Against Private Police demonstrated days before state lawmakers are to debate the…

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Paul Manafort intentionally lied to investigators and a federal grand jury in the special counsel in the Russia probe, a judge ruled Wednesday.

The ruling by U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson was another loss for the former Trump campaign chairman, who faces years in prison in two separate…

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A different kind of market is on the rise, stretching beyond the big cities and just out West.

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Mortgage rates can vary across the country. View this chart to see by how much and where your state falls.

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The threat of another government shutdown receded Tuesday as lawmakers lined up behind a fragile border security compromise and President Donald Trump predicted that federal agencies would stay open.

Trump did not publicly endorse the bipartisan agreement, which offers just a fraction of the money…

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Baltimore schools will be closed Presidents’ Day, the school board announced Tuesday, giving frustrated families and teachers notice less than a week before the holiday.

Presidents’ Day — Monday — was supposed to be the first “inclement weather make-up day,” based on the academic calendar approved…

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Some owners are moving away from basement entertainment rooms and are now creating lounge-style, multipurpose spaces near the main living areas in their homes.

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The trend has drawn a lot of attention over the last few years, but is it overhyped?

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A 34-year-old Joppa man who was killed Sunday night in Edgewood had been making a food delivery when he was shot, according to the Harford County Sheriff’s Office.

The homicide — the second in Harford this year — has rocked the Joppatowne community, where business owners and residents are rallying…

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Hackers recently gained access to the personal data of about 54,000 mortgage borrowers on loans originating from numerous banks.

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A growing number of reports reveal that hackers are increasingly gaining access to home technology to spy on homeowners.

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The 2020 presidential campaign has begun in earnest, with a variety of candidates either entering the race or announcing exploratory committees that allow them to begin fundraising.

The Iowa Caucuses are more than a year away (Feb. 3, 2020) but candidates are already scrambling for momentum in…

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Towson University police have asked students and staff to be on the lookout for a woman in her 50s wearing a multicolored scarf. She’s looking for a date for her son.

Students complained to officers that she approached them last week in two campus buildings, the Cook Library and Center for the…

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A 25-year-old man charged in Friday’s shooting at Frederick Douglass High School has also been charged in connection with a homicide last November, according to the Baltimore Police Department.

Neil Davis was charged with attempted first-degree murder and firearm violations in Friday’s shooting,…

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After a week of mild weather, winter’s chill returned to the Baltimore region Saturday, and the threat of snow and ice loomed later in the weekend.

Though much of the weekend was expected to remain dry, forecasters expected a mix of winter precipitation to begin Sunday night and continue through…

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A 56-year-old staff member was shot at Frederick Douglass High School in Baltimore on Friday, according to district officials.

A 25-year-old man entered the school shortly after noon and shot a hall monitor, police said. The hall monitor is in serious but stable condition, said school police chief…

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Paul Gilligan is standing inside a West Main Street storefront that predates the Civil War, waving a cigar and talking about a battle he says is too often overlooked.

Days before Antietam, the single deadliest day in American military history, the Battle of South Mountain unfolded around this tiny…

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They may be underusing social networks to engage with potential new-home buyers, according to a John Burns Real Estate podcast.

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“This is great news for consumers who will be looking for homes during the upcoming spring homebuying season,” says Freddie Mac’s chief economist.

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A divided Supreme Court said Thursday that Louisiana may not enforce a law that opponents say would close most of the state’s abortion clinics and leave it with only one doctor eligible to perform the procedure.

The justices may yet consider whether the 2014 law – requiring doctors at abortion…

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Former U.S. Rep. John Dingell, the longest-serving member of Congress in American history who mastered legislative deal-making and was fiercely protective of Detroit’s auto industry, has died. The Michigan Democrat was 92.

Dingell, who served in the U.S. House for 59 years before retiring in 2014,…

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An explicit federal guarantee of financing for 30-year fixed-rate conventional mortgages must be part of reforming Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, experts say at an NAR forum.

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High-end home shoppers can have high-end expectations. Here are some of their most desired home amenities.

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Bruno Fernando was frustrated, feeling a little claustrophobic with all the double teams the Nebraska men’s basketball team was throwing at him. Anthony Cowan Jr. was still in an offensive funk, seemingly trying to find a balance between not shooting too much or even at all.

It was left to Jalen…

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Underground electric utility work might soon contribute to serious congestion along Reisterstown Road, Maryland 140, just north of the Interstate 695 interchange, affecting about 55,000 drivers who travel the stretch daily, according to the Maryland State Highway Administration.

Baltimore Gas and…

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Investors are taking on bigger projects and finding an increasing appetite for flipped high-end homes. But could the demand be short-lived?

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“This early life choice could have long-term consequences,” researchers warn in a new report from the Urban Institute.

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Temperatures around Baltimore surpassed 70 degrees Tuesday, a rare but not unprecedented bout of winter warmth, meteorologists said. But some periods of colder weather and snow are in the short-term forecast.

Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and the Inner Harbor both…

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After two years of bitter partisanship and personal attacks, President Donald Trump will call for unity and cross-party cooperation in Washington during Tuesday’s State of the Union address, a message likely to ring hollow with emboldened Democrats eager to block his push for a border wall.

Trump’s…

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The share of cash transactions is falling nationwide, but they still dominate in these housing markets.

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These three tips will provide motivation to spend more intentionally and build charitable giving into your budget.

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The City Council gave preliminary approval Monday to a bill that would force the owner of a Southwest Baltimore trash incinerator to dramatically reduce emissions from what is the city’s single largest source of air pollution.

Virtually all of the city’s trash, along with waste from around the…

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As part of its bankruptcy filing, women’s fashion retailer Charlotte Russe will close 94 stores, including six locations in Maryland.

Charlotte Russe Holdings Corp. filed for Chapter 11 protection from its creditors Sunday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware and said it will pursue a sale of the…

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A real estate agent starts a pay-it-forward movement to help the homeless during last week’s record-breaking cold temperatures.

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Officials on the East and Gulf coasts are pushing for projects to better protect coastal regions from fierce weather.

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Kenneth R. Glauber, former president of Glauber’s Fine Candies Inc., a family-owned and -operated business that was founded in Baltimore in 1876, died Jan. 22 from congestive heart failure at the Masonic Village in Elizabethtown, Pa. The former longtime Riderwood resident was 88.

“Two of my daughters…

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Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s insistence that no, on further consideration, that’s not him in the racist photo that appeared on his 1984 medical school yearbook page did nothing to quell the clamor from his own party Sunday for him to resign.

In fact, the Democrat’s stunning about-face — at a bizarre…

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Rosalyn Vera nearly sold out of her Mexican street food — tamales, tacos and tortas — on Saturday, a day after she spoke out about a death threat she allegedly received for hanging an anti-Trump poster inside her Fells Point restaurant.

Vera said she was going to stay up late to prepare more food…

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Ed Reed, a daring, big-play safety known for the eccentric charisma and wise counsel he brought to the Ravens’ locker room over 11 seasons in Baltimore, was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday in his first year of eligibility.

Reed joins former teammates Jonathan Ogden (Class of…

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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan was finishing his “State of the State” speech Wednesday when, in the audience, one grizzled veteran of state politics leaned over to another.

“Close your eyes,” former Gov. Parris Glendening, a Democrat, told former Lt. Gov. Michael Steele, a Republican. “It almost sounds…

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Hours of closed-door negotiations resulted Friday with a 21-year-old man agreeing to testify against his mother and her boyfriend as they stand trial for the 2017 killing of well-known bartender Alex Wroblewski of Locust Point.

Tivontre Gatling-Mouzon, of Richmond, Va., accepted a last-minute plea…

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Nearly 80 percent of Gen Z say they they want to own a home before age 30, but a new study shows they’ll need to do plenty of saving beforehand.

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Median home sale prices zoomed to an all-time high last year, and that helped home sellers net higher profits.

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Service on Baltimore’s Light RailLink will be suspended Sunday between the North Avenue and Convention Center stops while crews repair tracks, a spokesman for the Maryland Transit Administration said.

Passengers can take a free bus bridge operating along Eutaw Street through the affected area.

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Flooding forced out tenants of downtown Baltimore’s World Trade Center Thursday, a spokesman for the Maryland Port Administration confirmed.

“Water has been shut off to the building and the building has closed,” said Richard Scher, the port spokesman.

The cause of flooding remained under investigation…

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Fed Chairman Jerome Powell used words like “patient” to describe the Fed’s latest approach to increases. His change in tone follows four rate hikes last year.

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Homeowners are being forced to get more practical about asking prices.

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University of Maryland President Wallace Loh will remain at the helm of the state flagship through June 2020, a reversal that comes three months after he announced plans to retire at the end of this school year.

Loh’s scheduled departure was perhaps the most dramatic fallout from the football scandal…

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When meteorologists begin using terms like “polar vortex” to describe the weather, you might employ the life hack of warming up your car a few minutes before leaving the house.

But should you warm your car in cold weather? And is it legal?

For years, Maryland’s Vehicle Law forbade drivers from…

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View these rankings of 50 cities to find out just how easy it is for first-timers to buy in your market.

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A bug in Apple’s FaceTime app allows people using the app on a Mac, iPhone, or iPad on certain systems to eavesdrop on other users.

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XPO Logistics, a Greenwich, Conn.-based global logistics firm, will close its 571,000 square-foot warehouse on Harford County’s Perryman peninsula by the end of March, a company spokesperson confirmed Tuesday.

“Our customer has decided to close its operations in Aberdeen,” spokesperson Joseph Checkler…

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The state has taken Huntington Beach to court to try to get it to comply with state housing laws. The city is suing the state over the issue, too.

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The home-remodeling frenzy may be losing some steam. Learn why.

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Marylanders who earned less than $55,000 in 2018 may be able to get free tax preparation at one of 45 sites across the state.

The CASH campaign kicked off Monday, the first day the Internal Revenue Service is accepting tax returns. The campaign, which stands for Creating Assets, Savings and Hope,…

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In the wake of University of Maryland football player Jordan McNair’s death from heatstroke following a preseason workout in May, a slate of top university officials were let go, resigned or announced their retirement — including university President Wallace Loh, who said in October that he would…

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Two masked gunmen robbed the McDonald’s in Hampden Sunday evening, according to police.

The incident happened around 6:30 p.m. at the McDonald’s in the 3900 block of Falls Road. Store employees told officers that two armed men dressed in black had entered demanding money from the cash register….

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Trying to build on the six prospects who signed during the early signing period last month, new Maryland football coach Michael Locksley received commitments from three others this weekend.

However, Locksley also lost three-star quarterback David Summers, who flipped to Syracuse, according to syracuse.co…

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Officers from the Baltimore Police Department went to the 2400 block of Kermit Court in the Westport area of Southwest Baltimore after receiving reports of a shooting Saturday evening.

They found a man suffering from gunshot wounds. He was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma, where medical personnel…

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Authorities in Louisiana said they are searching for an “armed and dangerous” 21-year-old accused of killing his parents and three others in two separate but related shootings Saturday.

Ascension Parish Sheriff Bobby Webre says Dakota Theriot is the “prime suspect” in the deaths of Keith, 50, and…

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Yielding to mounting pressure and growing disruption, President Donald Trump and congressional leaders on Friday reached a short-term deal to reopen the government for three weeks while negotiations continue over the president’s demands for money to build his long-promised wall at the U.S.-Mexico…

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Shouting “FBI, open the door,” authorities arrested Roger Stone, a confidant of President Donald Trump, before dawn Friday in a criminal case that revealed that senior members of the Trump campaign sought to benefit from the release of hacked emails damaging to Hillary Clinton.

The seven-count…

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Older homes are staying in the pipeline longer and new-home construction is failing to replace them fast enough. Economists are concerned.

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The two architectural terms are often confused, but they have different definitions. Find out what your customers may really mean.

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The Maryland Transit Administration is offering free bus, light rail, metro and MARC service to unpaid federal government workers until the end of the partial government shutdown.

Gov. Larry Hogan announced the move at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport during a visit…

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Professional poker player Micah Raskin pleaded guilty Thursday in Baltimore to a conspiracy to distribute marijuana, admitting to supplying bulk quantities to a Baltimore County drug crew.

Raskin, 50, of New York, admitted to trafficking hundreds of pounds of marijuana from a grower in California….

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You may not be happy with a negative online review you received. But you may have little recourse in getting it removed.

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A hedge fund billionaire is showing big love for real estate with his latest addition in a string of record-breaking property purchases.

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At least five people are dead after an armed man opened fire inside a SunTrust bank in Sebring on Wednesday afternoon, prompting a standoff, authorities said.

Sebring police Chief Karl Hoglund said the victims were “senselessly murdered” by Zephen Xaver, 21, who surrendered after a Highlands County…

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The White House is moving forward with plans for President Donald Trump to deliver his State of the Union speech next week in front of a joint session of Congress – despite a letter from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi requesting he delay it. The White House sent an email to the House Sergeant-at-Arms… …read more



NAR is seeking nominations for the 2019 Good Neighbor Awards, which honors REALTORS® who have gone above and beyond to support charitable causes.

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NAR calls a recent ruling from the Treasury Department and the IRS on the new 20 percent deduction on qualified business income a “significant victory” for real estate.

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Despite frigid temperatures, with wind chills that dipped into the negative numbers, Baltimore City Police reported 13 shootings in Baltimore over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. Three people died and 11 were injured.

The incidents occurred in different parts of the city, from St. George’s…

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Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire ex-mayor of New York and benefactor of Johns Hopkins University, said Tuesday it’s “ridiculous” the institution doesn’t have an armed police force.

“When you have a city that has the murder rate that Baltimore has, I think it’s ridiculous to think that they shouldn’t…

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An Australia-based engineering firm has created a robot that is capable of building a standard brick home in one to three days. See it in action.

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But a turnaround in home sales is likely for the spring season. Read more from NAR’s latest housing report.

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A Chevy Chase company that made millions of dollars from deals with victims of lead poisoning targeted an “entire generation of youth coming of age in Baltimore” with its deceptive practices, Maryland’s top law enforcement official alleges.

But even if a lawsuit filed by Attorney General Brian…

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The team that so much of America has grown to hate and that New Englanders can’t seem to get enough is back in the Super Bowl. Again.

Tom Brady converted three huge third-down plays in overtime and Rex Burkhead scored from two yards out to give the New England Patriots a 37-31 overtime victory…

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Dangerously cold wind chills are forecast for Monday, potentially as extreme as 10 degrees below zero. A wind chill advisory is in effect across Central Maryland through 11 a.m.

Temperatures were expected to drop into the lower teens by sunrise this morning, and with 20-30 mph northwest winds,…

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President Donald Trump is planning to make a new offer Saturday to Democrats aimed at ending the 29-day partial government shutdown that would extend deportation protections for some immigrants in exchange for $5.7 billion in border wall funding, according to Republican officials.

The president’s…

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Baltimore’s third annual women’s march began this morning with a rally in War Memorial Plaza at City Hall before heading through the streets of downtown. It wrapped up around 1 p.m.

The march went from the plaza south on Holliday Street, east on Pratt Street, north on Gay Street and then return…

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Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr. had one request Friday for the county’s state lawmakers: More money for school construction.

Olszewski, a Democrat who was elected in November, said he wants the state to give the county $100 million per year for school construction over the next…

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A massive winter storm is forecast to hit the eastern United States this weekend, bringing blizzard conditions and heavy ice accumulations to some areas.

Maryland is more likely to get rain, though on Friday a winter storm warning was issued for areas in northern and western Maryland including…

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After six consecutive weeks of declines in the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage, upcoming data may show whether it has prompted more buyers to make a move.

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Natural disasters struck with a vengeance in 2018, marking the third straight year with an above-average number of catastrophes.

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Two cats in Silicon Valley are the pampered renters and sole occupants of a $1,500-per-month studio.

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The Wisconsin man suspected of kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs and killing her parents apparently applied for a job online the day that Jayme escaped, calling himself an “honest guy” even though his resume contains inaccuracies about his work experience.

Jake Patterson is charged in an Oct….

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President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani on Thursday walked back comments from the night before in which he maintained that he had “never said there was no collusion” between Russia and members of Trump’s 2016 White House campaign.

Giuliani issued a statement aimed at clarifying a Wednesday…

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Homebuilders across the country are betting on high-end townhouses to try to get more millennials into homeownership.

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While documenting the effect the month-long government shutdown is having on federal government employees and businesses, reporter Lydia DePillis turned to NAR for comment on the home sales impact.

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Police and school officials in Howard County have identified a student involved in drawing a swastika and a phallic symbol in the snow at Howard High School over the weekend, according to Howard County police.

School staff discovered the drawings in the snow on the field hockey field Tuesday morning…

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Consumers are confused when it comes to dual agency arrangements in real estate, cautions a new report from the Consumer Federation of America.

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Find out some of the top styles, features, and finishes in the kitchens that will most catch your clients’ eyes.

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An inch or two of snow and a glaze of ice are forecast across Maryland from Thursday night into Friday morning, especially to the west of the Interstate 95 corridor.

And then meteorologists are still watching a chance for heavy snow, or heavy rain, over the weekend.

A low-pressure system is forecast…

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Gov. Larry Hogan announced Tuesday that he plans to propose $5 million in spending in his next budget for security grants for houses of worship, schools and day care centers.

The governor’s budget is due Friday to the General Assembly.

Hogan’s office said the budget will include a $3 million grant…

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Anthony Cowan Jr. was a senior at St. John’s College High in Washington three years ago when then-Maryland sophomore Melo Trimble hit a game-winning, desperation 3-pointer for Maryland that beat Wisconsin at the Kohl Center in Madison.

Cowan was in the basement of his family’s home in Bowie, watching…

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These bugs are on the prowl. Find out where the thirsty parasites are most common.

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In another win for real estate, NAR successfully pushes the IRS to continue a mortgage program vital to keeping closings on track.

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A Wisconsin man accused of abducting 13-year-old Jayme Closs and holding her captive for three months made up his mind to take her when he spotted the teenager getting on a school bus near her home, authorities said Monday.

Jake Thomas Patterson, 21, told detectives that “he knew that was the girl…

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More than a decade out from the last housing crisis, the trend of homeowners staying put longer is only deepening.

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These locations boast the lowest crime rates and home prices well below the national median of $300,000. Should your clients consider moving to one of them?

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Baltimore-based Lutheran World Relief is merging with a global health organization to broaden its reach in the impoverished nations it serves from Latin America to Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

Daniel V. Speckhard, a former U.S. ambassador who’s led Lutheran World Relief since 2014 and will…

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Frances Tiafoe of Riverdale in Prince George’s County defeated India’s top-ranked singles player Prajnesh Gunneswaran in straight sets in the opening round of the Australian Open on Sunday night, 7-6 (9), 6-3, 6-3, at Melbourne Park.

With the victory, Tiafoe, 20, advances to face No. 5 seed Kevin…

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For the second time in two months, the House of Spirits liquor store in Canton was held up at gunpoint. This time, the robber was shot by an employee.

The latest robbery attempt occurred around 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the store, located at the corner of South Patterson Park Avenue and Fleet Street…

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Snow arrived in the region Saturday evening, and meteorologists revised their predictions upward and now foresee 4 to 8 inches of accumulation in Central Maryland.

The storm is expected to be stronger and move more slowly than previously expected, said Ray Martin, a meteorologist with the National…

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Greg Roman has been promoted to Ravens offensive coordinator, the team announced Friday, marking the end of Marty Mornhinweg’s tenure on coach John Harbaugh’s staff and the embrace of a new era under quarterback Lamar Jackson.

Roman, 46, joined the Ravens in 2017 as a senior offensive assistant…

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A 21-year-old man shot a Wisconsin couple to death at their home in a scheme to kidnap their teenage daughter, then held the girl captive for three months in an isolated north woods town before she managed to escape, authorities said Friday.

Jayme Closs, 13, was skinny, disheveled and wearing shoes…

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